Farmers’ organizations will burn the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 15 and organize ‘Rails’ across the country Stop‘ 18 October and a . Feather mahapanchayati In Lucknow on October 26, in protest against the violence that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri in UP on Sunday and the death of eight people, including four farmers.
They have also demanded the sacking of junior Union Home Minister Ajay Mishra and the arrest of his son Ashish, who is a free man despite being named as a murder accused in the FIR.
“Farmers from across the country will reach Lakhimpur Kheri on 12 October… What happened was no less than Jallianwala Bagh and we request all civic organizations to take out candle marches in their cities at 8 pm (on 12 October).” Yogendra Yadav, head of Swaraj India said this today.
“Farmers will go to every state with ashes (farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri) and immersion will be done… Dussehra is on October 15 and all farmers will burn effigies of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.” she added.
“On October 18 we will organize ‘Rail’ Stop‘…will be huge on the 26th’ mahapanchayati in Lucknow.”
Eight people were killed when a Mahindra Thar owned by Ajay Mishra collided with a group of farmers protesting peacefully (as part of the national movement against the Centre’s agricultural laws).
The farmers allege that Ashish Mishra was in the SUV.
Earlier today, except for yesterday’s summons, Ashish appeared before the Uttar Pradesh Police for questioning.
He arrives with a police escort to answer a summons, in which he is listed as a witness in the case.
The summons came after the Supreme Court reprimanded the UP government and the police for its handling of the matter; Chief Justice NV Ramana asked the state whether it would treat the accused differently if he was not the son of a Union minister.
Shortly before farmers announced their plans, protests broke out in Delhi as well, where Youth Congress workers clashed with the police demanding the arrest of Ashish Mishra.
Both Ashish and his father have denied all the allegations. Mr Mishra admitted to NB that the car belonged to his family, but added that neither he nor his son was in it at the time of the incident.